Fact: Your Lifespan is Shortened if you do not
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(Snoring and Sleep Apnea can KILL you…literally.)
The upcoming annual camping trip was just three weeks away and jokes were already being conjured up. “Bring an extra pillow” they teased. “We’ll draw straws to see who’s stuck in Ted’s tent “. As good-natured as the teasing was, for Ted it was embarrassing. He knew snoring was common but he also knew his snoring was intrusive and abnormally loud. Ted knew he needed some type of snoring remedy to cure his snoring.
Not only being labeled “a snorer”, Ted would routinely wake up horribly tired in the mornings. Blaming it on too many late nights, he vowed to get to bed earlier the next night, always waking up with the same outcome – sluggish, unmotivated and mimicking regular motions of the day.
It’s all sounds too familiar occurrence; everyone has a snoring story to tell. But what you may not know, is snoring can be a danger to your health, affect your work, dissolve relationships and be the underlying cause of many safety concerns.
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Getting adequate sleep is not a luxury. You’re not at the top of your game when you don’t get a good night’s sleep. You become frustrated, irritable and easily aggravated, even over little things. Let us help you so you can wake up refreshed and looking forward to each day.
Excellent health should be your number one priority. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones. No more exhaustion; no more crankiness. Start getting enough sleep so you can fight illness and disease, have better relationships and enjoy life.
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Dr. Weiser will do a comprehensive evaluation and full analysis and provide sleep solutions which can ultimately save you from potentially long-term health problems. You deserve the best advice possible. You deserve to have the best life possible.
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea is often caused by a neuromuscular bite imbalance. Approximately 18 Million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. (2009)
Sleep Apnea is much more serious than just losing a little sleep; it can cause problems ranging from chronic snoring to insulin resistance to heart failure. Sleep Apnea can become a life threatening medical condition and should always be taken seriously.
Treating Sleep Apnea With Oral Appliances
Somnodent Dental Sleep Apnea Treatment Appliance
When you seek sleep apnea treatment from Los Angeles dentist, Dr. Mark Weiser, you can rest assured that you are getting care specifically designed for your situation. Dr. Weiser reviews the results of your sleep study with a sleep physician. Then, using his knowledge of dental sleep apnea treatment, he develops a sleep apnea appliance with the help of a lab that focuses on positioning your jaw to open the airway. There are many oral sleep apnea appliances, and each works in a different way. Essentially, they all position the jaw and/or tongue forward. This opens the airway and facilitates easier and more efficient breathing. You can learn about the different sleep apnea devices available here.
Oral appliances are not the only treatments available for obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Weiser has discovered that the most effective solution for sleep apnea sometimes involves two or three treatment options in combination with the oral appliance.
CPAP Sleep Apnea Treatment
Many physicians are unaware of the neuromuscular causes of obstructive sleep apnea. Their default method of treating sleep apnea is to use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine instead of the oral appliance. CPAP machines force air through a mask that must be worn over the nose and/or mouth throughout the night. The CPAP uses this forced air to hold the airway open with air pressure, ensuring the patient can breathe without interruption.
Oral appliances can be used to make CPAP treatment more comfortable by lowering the pressure and water required and freeing the patient of uncomfortable straps and a mask.
Orthodontic Sleep Apnea Treatment
While not the first treatment that comes to mind for sleep apnea patients, braces can actually be used to re-position and realign your teeth and jaws by expanding the upper and lower jaw, thereby creating more room in your mouth and ultimately opening the airway. Read more about orthodontic sleep apnea treatment.
If enlarged tonsils and adenoids are the cause of the obstruction, sometimes they must be removed before an oral sleep apnea appliance will do any good. Surgery can significantly reduce blockage of the airway and increase blood oxygen levels. Surgery should not be considered lightly; while it is usually effective, surgery is a serious and irreversible option. At times, the uvula must also be excised as part of an outpatient procedure performed by an ENT specialist. There are also more aggressive surgeries available such as the UP3 and maxillomandibular expansion and/or advancement.
Palatal pillars may be installed as a part of an alternative sleep apnea surgery. These small polyester implants are placed in the soft palate during a single office visit. Unlike removing tonsils, adenoids, or the uvula, this surgery is reversible. The pillars strengthen and reinforce the soft palate, similar to the way concrete is strengthened with rebar. They also prevent the soft palate from vibrating while the patient is sleeping.
Treatment for Central and Complex Sleep Apnea
Central and complex sleep apnea requires treatment in a close relationship with a physician. In these situations, Dr. Weiser will work with the physician to provide an oral sleep apnea appliance called a TAP-PAP in conjunction with a CPAP air system. By using the appliance, the patient avoids wearing a bulky and uncomfortable mask. Instead, “nasal pillows” guide the air directly into the nose. This allows the patient to reduce the pressure setting required on the CPAP machine.
If you”re always tired, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Mark T. Weiser today at 805-754-3653 for the Santa Barbara location or 310-237-6620 for the Los Angeles location.
Restorative Dentistry in Santa Barbara
Dentistry has changed dramatically in the last few years and you can now get metal free restorations in place of your old silver fillings. Whether restoring a tooth to health or replacing an existing metal filling, there are varieties of mercury free restorations available.
The options vary from composite resins for smaller fillings to porcelain onlays and crowns for larger restorations. An onlay is like a smaller version of a crown in which more natural tooth structure is left untouched and intact. The benefit of these is that they protect fragile tooth structure and are chemically and physically “bonded” to your tooth, restoring it back up to 97% of its original healthy strength.
The reasons for choosing mercury free restorations are quite compelling: safety, strength and appearance! Today, silver-mercury (metal) amalgams are obsolete. If you have old metal fillings or even if you have new ones, your teeth and your health are at risk! Not only do metal fillings detract from the appearance of the teeth, turning them dark and gray, they also damage the remaining part of the tooth they’re meant to protect.
Metal fillings expand and contract with temperature changes. This movement weakens and cracks teeth. It also creates space between the tooth wall and the filling, allowing bacteria to enter, causing decay. Even worse is the controversy of the hazards of amalgam fillings showing that they leak mercury toxins for up to 20 years!
Alert: The FDA has recently ruled and reclassified dental amalgams as a potentially hazardous material!
We at our office pride ourselves in calling our office not only a mercury free office but a mercury safe office! Extra safety measures are taken to safely remove toxic metal fillings from your mouth, from the use of rubber dam barriers, removal under heavy water and the patient use of positive oxygen so no mercury vapors are being picked up.
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